Youth EB Picks: Preparing for College from Open Orchard Productions

November 27, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Sara Wiser

shutterstock_141582367Think back to when you were a freshman in high school, all the excitement and nerves of going to a new school. "Preparing for College" from Open Orchard Productions sums this up in a perfect way. I couldn't relate to this story any more than I did!

As a high school senior, I know exactly what the producer is going through: all the pressure, expectations, focus, drive, competition, etc. I can relate to it all. I enjoyed all the different perspectives, which showed the real diversity of a high school. This piece had some great information. All the interviews provided good insight and very relative advice. Any high school student across the nation can relate to this piece. In the end, I have felt all the frustrations, joys and stresses that the piece spoke about. All of the comments were spot on.

"Focus on the journey, not the destination" is the quote I got from listening to this piece. I would recommend listening to this piece to anyone that is in high school or preparing for college. Finally, the music carried the piece in a very engaging way. Job well done!! This story is definitely worth a listen for anyone who is looking for an inspiring piece to teach you to live in the moment and to focus on the journey, not the destination.

Halloween Tricks and Treats

October 28, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

From both sides of the trick or treat playbook we bring you:

The treat! PRX's Halloween Playlist. Our staff picks the very best stories, from vampires, to cemetery expeditions, to Dracula's girlfriend.

The trick! Lame Halloween jokes and accompanying GIF-animated responses, from Tapestry.

Listening to: Open Orchard Productions

October 22, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

OOP_TopFeatureThough it only launched last year, Open Orchards Productions – a southern California youth radio group based at Palos Verdes High School – is making waves in the youth radio world and was recently awarded a Transom Donor Grant. Covering topics as wide ranging as addiction, loss and chocolate, the group stands out for its willingness to keep pushing its own creative boundaries.  

One example: A vox pop that asks the same question of 5-18 year olds. If you could have anything besides money, what would it be?

Youth EB Picks: Slip of the Tongue from Youth Radio

October 9, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

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After reviewing about 12 different youth-produced audio pieces in the past 3 months, I came across so many inspirational, empowering, motivational, and powerful stories. These pieces range from a conversation about relaxation methods, summer jobs, queer youth’s perspective of Valentine's Day, to conversations about death, greeting people with respect and many more.

Last but not least, the last piece that I would like to recommend to you all is Andriel Luis’s spoken word performance, Slip of the Tongue. This piece is a very powerful and insightful piece that offers many layers, dialogues between the poet and an individual, and visual images to understanding mainstream beauty and its negative impact on today’s youth. I was extremely excited and blown away by Andriel’s articulation and wisdom. I urge you all to listen and enjoy this intellectual piece!

For more information about my review of Slip of the Tongue, you can view the review below.

Slip of the Tongue is a deconstructive audio piece produced by Adriel Luis. Through spoken word, Adriel addresses issues that many female teenagers and women face in today’s society. Adriel touches on the social construction and internalization of mainstream standards of beauty, resistance and deconstruction of beauty in relation to ethnic identity, society’s perception and perpetuation of masculinity, and social consumption of beauty products. This is an excellent audio piece that deconstructs societal construction of beauty and reminds everyone to embrace their ethnic makeup and roots.

Lastly, I just wanted to thank Generation PRX and Jones for this amazing opportunity.

Sincerely,

Phuong Tseng

5 Tools to Build Your Radio chops

October 2, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel

Radio education bonanza! Here are five excellent tools for building your audio chops:

1. Online tutorials from American Student Radio. ASR has been doing lots of exciting work since its launch just last year. Among their many accomplishments: a fleet of online video tutorials and .pdfs covering everything from using Audition software, to recording with your iPhone to making your first vox pop

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 2. Transom Online Workshops. Transom, that great source for online tools and in-person workshops, is piloting an exciting MOOC-Style Online Workshop. Currently testing, you can follow the progress of the current workshop, volunteer to beta test, or sit on your hands excitedly until the official launch.

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3. And speaking of Transom,  radio teacher guru Rob Rosenthal talks you through recording via iPhone using the free TASCAM PCM app. Producers with smart phones who claim radio inertia due to lack of equipment? The gig is up!

4. Those of you near the Bay Area can check out veteran teacher Claire Schoen's excellent Soup-to-Nuts seminar. The $250, 2-day intensive on documentary radio production takes places on October 27th & 28th. Learn more at www.claireschoenmedia.com

5. Look no further! One of the best ways to improve your radio skills is to LISTEN. The Youth Editorial Board makes sure the GPRX blog is constantly updated with the latest greatest work in the youth radio world.

 

 

 

 

 

Youth EB Picks: Superman Gets Dumped and Batman Returns… Our Phone Call

September 4, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Milton Guevara

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Superman Gets Dumped and Batman Returns… Our Phone Call” is unlike any radio show I’ve heard. It is a quirky show hosted by Graphite Girl (Madeline Ewbank) and Wonder Man (Srikar Penumaka) of RadioActive Youth Media. It is mostly fiction and a little journalistic vox-pop tied in.

In the vox pop part of the program, “ordinary citizens” share what they wish their superpowers could be. Many of the responses are classic ones like flying and invisibility, though be sure to listen for some super-cool superpower ideas.

In the next bit of the program, the humor surprised me. Graphite Girl conducted a phone interview with the Batman. While superheroes tend to be charming and sociable, the Dark Knight’s personality is definitely one of a kind. In the interview, Batman was off-putting and seemed to be giving his interviewer a tough time.

Not all of the program was goofy fun. The last story of the program was a serious account about a superhero’s love life. Lois Lane tells her story about what it’s like to date, and break up with, the Man of Steel. Her story is intimate and the details feel real. In the story, Lois becomes insecure. She feels she doesn’t deserve to be with Superman. Though many of us won’t be dating a superhero any time soon, the story is relatable. There are times when we all feel inferior to someone close.

“Superman Gets Dumped…” is entertaining and deep. The producers invite listeners to have fun.

Youth EB Picks: Future of Youth from WTIP

September 3, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

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For my October reviews, I took less time to decide which one I wanted to select as my favorite. It was obvious to me that I liked “Future of Youth” by Sterling Anderson of WTIP because it explores youth’s questions, minds, and worries about college and the future of many youth in the 21st century. I also had these worries and questions when I was a high school senior applying to colleges; I understand these high school students’ inquiries. One particular statement that Sterling states inspires me: He tells his audience that he believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.


For more description about this "Future of Youth," you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Sterling Anderson, a high school senior, has been hearing a lot from his classmates and friends about life after college. It makes him wonder whether “today’s youth will have as good of a life as their parents did.” In “Future of Youth,” Sterling explores this question by asking his peers at school for their opinions. Many of them are concerned that they might not be able to go to college, pay for college, or have a better life after college. Some think that they are overeducated; they are getting degrees that they do not necessarily need; they have job qualifications but cannot obtain a job, so they are struggling. With these opinions and concerns in mind, Sterling finds an alternative point of view to address these concerns. He believes that he will be able to chase his dreams like his parents did and will work hard to be as successful and as good or better than his parents.

This audio piece consists of two sections of vox pop and Sterling’s narration as transitions. He does a fantastic job presenting the topic, providing people’s opinions and concerns to help his audience know that there are many people who are dealing with this issue, and keeping his audience interested in hearing his perspective about his conclusion. Future of Youth is a wonderful piece that explores youth’s concerns about their future and success; Sterling’s perspective will comfort many youth and motivate them to be as good or better than their parents.

Words: Connected, Enlightened, and Inspired.

Youth EB Picks: How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress

August 20, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Phuong Tseng

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After reviewing 4 different youth-produced audio pieces, I would like to recommend Ali Ankeny’s piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress. I enjoyed this piece a lot because it was beautifully and thoroughly edited from the beginning till the end. This piece also helps its listeners to feel relaxed while listening; therefore, the producer successfully makes her listeners experience with this podcast a pleasant as well as a stressless one.

I hope everyone checks it out by clicking this link:

For more description about this podcast, you may look at my comments about the piece below:

Ali Ankeny, a 10th grade City High School student in Tucson, Arizona, is very stressed out about her school assignments, exams, and when she loses things. Ali wants to find ways to reduce stress by interviewing her classmates and friends for some ideas. This piece, How We Relax: Teenagers and Stress, is a vox pop of Ali classmates’ voices and ideas about ways to relieve stress. These ideas include taking naps, eating, laying down while cuddling with their pets, drinking tea, listening to music and so on. Ali shares some of these activities such as working out, doing yoga, and dancing.

I think Ali’s voice draws her audience to listen to her podcast. By providing facts about stress and its impact on teenagers’ brain function, Ali draws her audience into the piece and makes them curious about what her story entails. I also like that Ali asks her friend to play a quick guitar song; that part adds a lot to the mood of the story and allows me to feel very relaxed and stressless.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Descriptive Words: Restful, Comfortable, and Mellow

 

Youth EB Picks: From Elephant Gods to Elephant Toys from WHJE

August 12, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Kamna Shastri

TempleTowersFinally, after months of looking, I’ve managed to find something related to South Asian youth. The first thing that draws you into this piece is Shivani’s voice, full of an enthusiasm to tell her story. While her school life is pretty much identical to that of any other high schooler, her life away from school is what lets her tick. This piece is an expose of that life, one filled with family, the clanging bells and chants of the temple, and the scintillating sound of anklets. The strongest point of this piece is the way Shivani has created scenes, full of sound and flavor. All the sounds captured in the piece give the listener the audible textures that make up Shivani’s life. In addition, the musical contrasts in the piece highlight the separation, or maybe the differences between Shivani’s experiences at and away from school.

This piece seemed to me more of a montage piece, a sampler to something larger. Shivani brings up so much that could be further explored – I found myself curious about cultural tensions and about her interest in dance. Perhaps a series of follow ups could explore the topics she presents more in depth.

It occurred to me after hearing this piece that underneath the exposition of Shivani’s ‘out of school’ life, . Unlike many other ‘between cultures’ stories I have encountered, this piece focuses on someone who is deeply tied to the culture of the place her family left behind. For me, this was interesting, because it questions the United States reputation as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures. Can it be a melting pot when one can retain their own heritage and culture? Or is it more of a collage, a mosaic perhaps?

This piece is well suited for programming dealing with culture, religion and multicultural youth.

“From Elephant Toys to Elephant Gods and back” is a sweet and simple piece layered with unspoken, but deeper implications. Take a listen and enjoy this treat for the senses.


Learn more about WHJE Radio.

Youth EB Picks: A Tune To Change The Way We Act from RadioActive Youth Media

July 31, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Milton Guevara

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I was introduced to the rap song “Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, in my third period class. There was a conversation about thrifting when a classmate started singing, “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” I was hooked. Now when the song comes up on the radio, you bet I’m singing along. “Thrift Shop” doesn’t come off as being the typical rap song. While many rap songs are about spending money on bling, Macklemore raps about saving money.

A Tune To Change The Way We Act  from Seattle's RadioActive Youth Media is about how the popular song has inspired its listeners to get into thrift shopping. I love this radio story. It’s engaging and fun. Those who don’t thrift shop or listen to rap could find pleasure in the writing.

One thing that strikes me is the professionalism of the piece. With smooth transitions and precise volume levels, this well-paced story is made with high quality. It held on to my attention and left me satisfied when it was finished.

In this piece, there were perspectives from a shopper who started thrifting because of the song, a thrift shop employee, and an avid thrift shopper. They share what they think of “Thrift Shop” and what their thrifting experiences have been like.

One idea that was talked about was whether thrift shopping is going to continue to be popular. The way the piece ended, it seemed the producer didn’t think so. As someone who is already a thrift shopper, I hope that thrift shopping can continue being a craze. It is economical on the wallet and sustainable for the environment. Thrifting is just cool all around.